Maritime Festival

JULY 27-28, 2019
At Britannia Shipyards
Richmond, B.C. Canada
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm
Presenting Sponsor Presenting Sponsor: RE/MAX

Hands on Creative Fun

Whether you help create a knitted underwater scene, decorate a fish scale to add to a giant fish, lend a hand weaving willow to make a coracle boat or learn about lace and its connection to net making… you will meet local artists, artisans and community groups and find out how their craft directly relates to the wooden boats and maritime traditions that inspire this festival.

You might even be able to create a special memento of your Maritime Festival experience to take home or add to festival site for others to see!



Kids' Boat Building

Hammer away and make your own little wooden boat. Then test it in the pool and take it home.

In the Captain’s Quarters in Zone 13
Follow the sound of the hammers.

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Make Your Own Burgee

Sailors delight! Decorate a burgee with your own nautical flare to wave around the festival.

Find us in Zone 2

Nautical Nametag Making

Learn the nautical flag alphabet by creating your own maritime nametag!

Join us in Zone 2

Laughing Logger

Join Perry Winkle Pete and Lillian Scarminion in their school of pirates. Walk the plank across a pool of water or on stay safe on land, test your hand at knot tying, axe throwing and loading a cannon ball with the Laughing Logger. Survive the challenges and be inducted into the way of the seas!

The school of pirates will be in Zone 2

A Maritime Knit In

Learn how to knit, like the traditional fishers used to, and help create our beautiful underwater landscape in the shade of a tree by the Fraser River.

Join us in Zone 3

Lenka’s Lace

Lace making at a maritime festival? Did you know that lace making and fishing net making both originated together in historic time – they share many stories and stitches! Come meet world-renowned lace maker Lenka Suchanek and try your hand at this ancient craft.

Find Lenka in the Seine Net Loft in Zone 5

Sailor’s Valentines

Participate in making a traditional shell “Sailor’s Valentine” like sailors did back in the 1890’s. Bring your camera to take a photo of the valentines you help make at the festival!

Join us inside the Seine Net Loft in Zone 5

Wish Boat

Add your wishes for the Fraser River and the local ocean to the beautiful handmade Wish Boat.

Inside the Seine Net Loft in Zone 5

Shadow Sail Theatre

An aquatic shadow environment filled with shimmer and unexpected characters. Learn how to transform found materials, translucent diffraction film, coloured inks, and intricate paper cut costumes, into shadow art.

Check it out inside the Chinese Bunkhouse in Zone 12


What the Peaches Designs

Vibrant lively ink splatter paintings that capture a moment in time.

On the deck of the Chinese Bunkhouse in Zone 12

Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Win a Cannery tattoo with a bean bag toss or ‘salmon canning relay’, and make your own ‘twirly fish’ out of old salmon can labels.
Learn about the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site built in 1894, and now a museum on Canada’s west coast commercial fishing history.

Get creative in Zone 3 or try their bbq salmon in Zone 2.

Maritime Pop up Puppets

Make a ‘pop-up’ puppet with local puppet maker and puppeteer Beth who also made Riki the rat, Mimi the mouse and Tabby the cat for the festival!

Get creative in Zone 13, the Captain’s Quarters

Face Painting

Become a pirate, sailor, mermaid… or maybe you just want a sailor tattoo on your arm.

Find our artists in Zone 1 & Zone 9

Caricature Art

Take a seat and see what our caricature artist come up with… but don’t be surprised if they add a captain’s hat, mermaid tail or anchor tattoo!

Find the artists in Zone 1

Vancouver Maritime Museum

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is a Maritime museum devoted to presenting the maritime history of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the Canadian Arctic.
Come design and colour your own maritime pin button to take home.

Find them in Zone 3

T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation

Lively and interactive, come find out all about the importance of Eelgrass, a new app for boating and other cool things.

Find them inside the Seine Net Loft in Zone 5

Fish Scales

Add your design to a large fish scale and help us build a giant salmon.

Join us in Zone 13

Paddle Decorating

Canoes used for fishing, hunting, transportation on river or sea voyages are all propelled through the water by paddles. Come help decorate giant paddles

Join us in Zone 13

Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association

Come play ‘Little Mermaid’ dress-up in the photo booth, plus other fun activities and find out more about this local community group.

Find them in Zone 13

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